Handloom industry: Mirror of the august Indian cultural legacy

by Aishwarya Samanta

By Aishwarya Samanta

The handloom industry is an image of the country’s wonderful social legacy and a significant source of business in the country. The industry is critical to women empowerment as more than 70% of handloom weavers and unified workers are women. The weavers of this industry are keeping the customary art from various states alive. The degree of imaginativeness and unpredictability accomplished in the handloom textures is unrivalled and certain weaves are still past the extent of present-day machines.

Previously, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged the country to bring our rich custom of handloom and the expertise of talented weavers to the world, so this rich heritage can get the necessary momentum. Notwithstanding this, there has been no improvement in the financial state of the weavers.


The handloom industry is critical to women empowerment as more than 70% of handloom weavers and unified workers are women.

There is a lack of work with the weavers, just as the market identified with the item has additionally been affected because of the COVID-19 pandemic over the most recent two years. The pandemic has carried the Indian handloom industry to an enormous juncture. The deals of their items have been antagonistically influenced and young weavers are moving away from the business at a disturbing rate, compromising the preservation of unique skills. The weavers are making their living with incredible trouble.

While India gives about 95% of the hand-woven fabric to the world, tragically there is next to no interest in handloom items in our country. Not exclusively does this reality make handloom costly yet it likewise adds to making the existences of weavers brimming with difficulty.

The predicament of weavers in our nation features that the circumstance of the weavers’ community is as yet unchanged as it was during the British era. It has been a long time since India got freedom, however, the handloom industry in our nation is as yet underestimated. The textile business assumed a critical part in the battle for independence. The Swadeshi movement was just conceivable in light of the fact that our weavers assumed responsibility for making more handcrafted items.


While India gives about 95% of the hand-woven fabric, tragically there is next to no interest in handloom items in our country

Handloom weaving is generally decentralized with the weavers basically having a place with the vulnerable segments of society. The absence of orders, the ascent in utilization of raw materials, expansion in the cost of input costs and the prolonged stretch of time needed to make handcrafted items are a portion of the essential reasons which are gradually killing the handloom industry. Aside from these issues, the previous governments have likewise undertaken minimal endeavours for monitoring the existence of our weavers.

Further, the Handloom Reservation Act, 1985 which secured the interests of the weavers came into scrutiny in the year 2015 for many reasons. The absence of legitimate government schemes for industries like health care coverage, work shed assets, thrift reserves and no provision for the minimum pay permitted by law programs in this industry have deteriorated their lives.


The absence of legitimate government schemes for handlooms industries have deteriorated the lives of the weavers.

Weavers say that there could be no more excellent stage for their items nor any market where their items can be sold. There are plans from the public authority, however, its advantages are seldom accessible. Numerous private associations used to give market to the items made by the weavers, yet over the most recent two years, there has been a ton of contrast. There is a consistent decrease in the number of weavers. The new age generation would not like to be related with this work since, in such a case that there is an absence of market then financial stability is beyond the realm of imagination

India gloats of extravagant organic handlooms should be perceived and featured more. Our endeavours won’t just save our way of life; more significantly will empower the weavers to fulfil their fantasy about carrying on with a decent life.

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